Planetary Atmospheres

Planetary Atmospheres

    The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has a strong background in the study of planetary and satellite atmospheres. Since the pioneering days of Gerard Kuiper, atmospheres have been an integral part of the research program at LPL. Faculty and staff have been involved in most major space missions that have targeted planetary and satellite atmospheres in the solar system. They have served in leadership roles and participated in instrument development, management as well as the analysis and interpretation of the science results. While prior research focused on the solar system, the department is now also actively involved in the study of extrasolar planet atmospheres. LPL scientists benefit from knowledge gained over decades of detailed solar system studies and apply it to explain new discoveries on extrasolar planets.

    Current research into planetary and satellite atmospheres at LPL includes many aspects of solar system and extrasolar planets. LPL scientists are analyzing data and developing models to characterize the atmospheres of Venus, Earth and Mars in the inner solar system. They are involved in research and missions dedicated to the study of the giant planet, satellite and dwarf planet atmospheres in the outer solar system.  Beyond the solar system, there is a vibrant effort to observe and model the atmospheres of extrasolar planets. This includes spectroscopic studies and models of extrasolar giant planets as well as efforts to define and constrain the habitability of rocky planet atmospheres for future studies. The goal of these research endeavors is to address fundamental questions about the nature, evolution and habitability of planetary and satellite atmospheres.

    Planetary Atmospheres Faculty

    Dániel Apai

    Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Science, Principal Investigator, Alien Earths, Professor

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution

    Gilda Ballester

    Research Professor (Retired)

    Exoplanets, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres

    Caitlin Griffith

    Professor Emeritus

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Walter Harris

    Professor

    Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Small Bodies, Solar and Heliospheric Research

    William Hubbard

    Professor Emeritus

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution, Theoretical Astrophysics, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Tommi Koskinen

    Associate Professor

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Sukrit Ranjan

    Assistant Professor

    Astrobiology, Earth, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution, Theoretical Astrophysics

    Roger Yelle

    Professor

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Planetary Atmospheres Researchers

    Rahul Arora

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

    Naman Bajaj

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution

    Galen Bergsten

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution

    Zarah Brown

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution

    Jason Corliss

    Research Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist

    Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Small Bodies

    Searra Foote

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

    Lori Huseby

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

    Erich Karkoschka

    Research Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist

    Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Chaucer Langbert

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Planetary Atmospheres

    Ricardo Maciel

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Planetary Atmospheres

    Sarah E. Moran

    Director's Postdoctoral Fellow

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Fuda Nguyen

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution, Theoretical Astrophysics

    Bashar Rizk

    Research Scientist/Senior Staff Scientist, OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS

    Asteroid Surveys, Planetary Atmospheres

    Lily Robinthal

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Astronomy, Planetary Atmospheres

    Arnaud Salvador

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Astrobiology, Earth, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Geophysics

    Anna Taylor

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

    Jingyu Wang

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Astrobiology, Earth, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

    Chengyan Xie

    PTYS Graduate Student

    Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution